Every Tuesday, the Analog Kid blog goes back in time and features some of the best groovy R&B/soul songs from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. Sometimes you’ll hear songs from individual artists or from a specific year, and other times you’ll get an entire full-length classic LP ripped directly from the Analog Kid’s vast vinyl vault. Warning: by R&B/soul, I also mean disco. I could go all Lipps Inc. on your ass at any given moment, so just be ready!

 

Sade

The summer of 2011 was a slow one on the concert front, so my wife and I decided to go see Sade at the last minute when they played in Dallas in July. I was familiar with most of Sade’s biggest ’80s hits, but I never really considered myself a fan. That all changed about five songs into the show after Ms. Adu and the band blazed through “Love Is Found,” a new song that I had never even heard before. The song, the staging, the sound, the atmosphere– I was simply blown away. By night’s end, I was already placing the concert in my all-time Top 5.

Two months later, the tour returned to Texas when Sade played in Austin. It was on a Tuesday night, but I took the afternoon off work and drove 200 miles south so that I could experience the show again. The set list was the same as the Dallas gig, but there was one major difference this time: I now knew the words to every song, as I had spent the past two months devouring the entire Sade catalog. I have no idea why it took me so long to”discover” the band, but at least I finally came to senses.

By the way, Sade didn’t take the stage that night in Austin until almost 11 PM. I got back to Dallas at about 5:30 the next morning, and managed to squeeze in about an hour’s worth of sleep before I had to get up for work. And yes, it was totally worth it!

Here are some of my favorite Sade b-sides/remixes/obscurities on this very special Groovy Tuesday. This list of b-sides is by no means comprehensive, as I am still trying to track down a number of rare tracks from the many Sade 12″ singles of the past. Hopefully, this post will soon have a Part II…

 

Sade_ Singles & B-Sides 2

Sade: “Smooth Operator” (Sade Adu/Raymond St. John)

From the U.S. promo 12″ Smooth Operator

Portrait Records, 1985

Smooth Operator

This rare extended version of “Smooth Operator” comes from a U.S. promotional 12″ single. “Smooth Operator” was Sade’s first Top 10 hit in the United States.

 

Sade_ Singles & B-Sides

Sade: “Hang On To Your Love” [Short Version] (Sade Adu/Stuart Matthewman)

From the U.S. 12″ single Hang On To Your Love

Portrait Records, 1984

Hang On To Your Love [Short Version]

“Hang On To Your Love” is probably my favorite Sade song, although “Ordinary Love” might have something to say about that. This “Short Version” from the U.S. 12″ is actually slightly longer than the 7″ version.

 

Never As Good As The First Time [U.S. 12_]

Sade: “Never As Good As The First Time” [Extended Remix] (Sade Adu/Stuart Matthewman)

Never As Good As The First Time [Extended Remix]

Sade: “Keep Hanging On” [Live Instrumental] (Sade Adu/Andrew Hale/Stuart Matthewman/Gordon Hunt)

Keep Hanging On [Live Instrumental]

Both taken from the U.S. 12″ Never As Good As The First Time

Portrait Records, 1985

The extended remix of “Never As Good As The First Time” is almost exactly the same length as the version on Promise, but don’t let that fool you– this remix is completely different than the album cut.

 

Absolute Beginners_ Songs From The Original Motion Picture

Sade: “Killer Blow” (Sade Adu/Larry Stabbins/Simon Booth)

From the soundtrack album Absolute Beginners

EMI America Records, 1986

Vinyl rip courtesy of the Analog Kid

Killer Blow

I didn’t even know that “Killer Blow” existed until about two years ago, and I’ve been searching for it on vinyl ever since. I finally found a mint copy of the Absolute Beginners soundtrack this past January, and it turned out to be well worth my efforts. I’ll feature the full soundtrack on a future Lost Boys post, but in the meantime I hope you enjoy one of the rarest Sade tunes on the planet!

 

Sade_ Singles & B-Sides 4

Sade: “Turn My Back On You” [Extended Remix] (Sade Adu/Stuart Matthewman/Andrew Hale)

From the U.K. 12″ single Turn My Back On You

Epic Records, 1987

Vinyl rip courtesy of the Analog Kid

Turn My Back On You [Extended Remix]

Remember all of those trippy dance-hall singles from the early ’90s like “Hippychick” and “The Power?” Soho and Snap! clearly learned from the master.

 

Sade_ Singles & B-Sides 2

Sade: “Kiss Of Life” [7″ Version] (Sade Adu/Stuart Matthewman/Andrew Hale/Paul S Denman)

Epic Records, 1992

Kiss Of Life [7″ Version]

‘The 7″ version of “Kiss Of Life” cuts almost two minutes off of the album version, but the song is still so smooth that you’ll hardly miss it.

 

Sade_ Singles & B-Sides 3

Sade: “No Ordinary Love” (Sade Adu/Stuart Matthewman)

No Ordinary Love [7″ Version]

Sade: “Paradise” [Remix] (Sade Adu/Stuart Matthewman/Andrew Hale/Paul S. Denman]

Paradise [Remix]

Both taken from the U.S. CD single No Ordinary Love

Epic Records, 1992

OK, I must now rescind what I said earlier about “Hang On To Your Love” being my favorite Sade track. “No Ordinary Love” now officially holds the title– at least until I hear “Hang On To Your Love” again.

 

Philadelphia_ Music From The Motion Picture

Sade: “Please Send Me Someone To Love” (Percy Mayfield)

From the album Philadelphia: Music From The Motion Picture

Epic Records, 1992

Please Send Me Someone to Love

I haven’t watched Philadelphia since I first saw it in the theater back in 1992– why thoroughly depress yourself on purpose, after all– but I do love the soundtrack.

 

Sade_ Singles & B-Sides 1

Sade: “Love Is Found” (Sade Adu/Stuart Matthewman/Andrew Hale/Paul S. Denman)

Love Is Found

Sade: “Still In Love With You” (Phil Lynott)

Still In Love With You

Sade: “I Would Never Have Guessed” (Sade Adu/Tony Momrelle/Andrew Hale)

I Would Never Have Guessed

From the album The Ultimate Collection

Epic Records, 2011

These three tracks first appeared on the 2011 compilation The Ultimate Collection. You already know how I feel about “Love Is Found,” so let’s check out the live video version that helped me fall in love with Sade in the first place!

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Bonus Tracks!

The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.

 

Promise

Sade: “Never As Good As The First Time” (Sade Adu/Andrew Hale/Stuart Matthewman/Gordon Hunt)

From the album Promise

Portrait Records, 1985

Never As Good As The First Time

 

Hippychick [U.S. CD Single]

Soho: “Hippychick” [Extended Vocal] (Timothy London)

From the U.S. CD single Hippychick

ATCO Records, 1990

Hippychick [Extended Vocal]

 

World Power

Snap!: “The Power” (Benito Benites/Durron Butler/John Garrett III)

From the album World Power

Arista Records, 1990

The Power

 

Philadelphia_ Music From The Motion Picture

Bruce Springsteen: “Streets of Philadelphia” (Bruce Springsteen)

From the album Philadelphia: Music From The Motion Picture

Epic Records, 1992

Streets Of Philadelphia

 

 

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